My Story

Growing up in Westside Costa Mesa, I attended our local public schools, including Pomona, Rea, Twinkle, and Estancia High School. I’ve had the support of many family, friends, and mentors in our community. 

These are just a few moments from my story before I was elected to Costa Mesa City Council in 2018!

While a student at Estancia High School, I became heavily involved with the Save Our Youth program (SOY).

A picture of me volunteering with a group from Save Our Youth to clean up Back Bay (2011). At Save Our Youth, I learned the importance of giving back to our community.

An important part of my life has been my involvement with my Church, where I served for years as a group leader with the Youth Ministry at Christ Cathedral.

Thanks to my teachers, mentors, and friends at Estancia High School, I was able to graduate and attend UC Irvine to study political science. I’m pictured here with some of the friends who helped me make it through Estancia. 

While studying Political Science at UCI, I became very involved with the College Democrats at UCI and the Orange County Young Democrats. I’m pictured here with my fellow board members during the 2016 California Democratic Party state convention. 

I was elected President of the College Democrats during my final year UCI. 
I grew the club and worked hard to engage more students in the political process. I started by merging our club with the BernEaters at UCI to make sure that we included the progressive ideas that have been a rallying cry to my generation. 

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I spent countless hours on ring road and at the UCI flagpoles registering students to vote and signing them up to join our club. 

I was also proud to lead the College Democrats at UCI to participate in the first Orange County Women’s March, which turned out to be the largest march in the history of Orange County. 

In 2016, I joined a slate of progressive activists to win election to represent our values in the California Democratic Party as a delegate for Assembly District 74. As a delegate for our district, I’ve worked hard to support candidates who share a genuine commitment to my community’s values within the Democratic Party. 

At the 2018 California Democratic Party convention, I was proud to vote to endorse candidates that shared my values. 

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On May 2, 2018, several  members of our city council tried to vote and join a lawsuit against the California Values Act (SB-54), which could increase the presence of ICE in our neighborhoods. This amounted to nothing less than a heartless attempt to bring Donald Trump’s agenda to Costa Mesa, and I helped lead the Costa Mesa community speaking out to defeat the proposed lawsuit. 

I was the only candidate for city council in District 4 to speak against the resolution. 

When announced my campaign, I was endorsed by Mayor Katrina Foley and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris who knocked on doors with me in Westside Costa Mesa.  I’m proud to have the support of these grassroots leaders.

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Manuel Chavez for Costa Mesa City Council District 4!
Costa Mesa District 4 City Council Member Manuel Chavez Photograph by Matt Fitt Photography
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In 2018, I was trusted by District 4 voters to represent our Westside neighborhoods on the Costa Mesa City Council. I’m honored to serve alongside Mayor Katrina Foley and our incredible new City Council as we undertake a historic restoration of infrastructure and investment in the Westside community. 

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